Pick of the week
Bridget Riley is most articulate in writing about her own and other people’s work. Unlike many art jargonists, she is easily understood. Of her ‘stripe paintings’, I like the undulating ones best, such as Twisted Curve in Single Reverse ( right), which made £128,500 at Christie’s on June 21.
The catalogue quoted from her conversation with Isabel Carlisle, which originally appeared in the 1998 Abbott Hall exhibition catalogue. ‘In the 1970s I was led... to bands of colour stripes in which all the colours, in turn, cross over or twist around the others. I found that the tapering, or as you say “attenuated”, ends of such twisted bands were most sensitive to colour inflections of all sorts and began to use them in curve structures which intensified the effect of the disembodied colours. The rise and fall of these curves had to be precisely calculated for each group of paintings, and so I had to make templates as I needed them… I organised this fluctuating activity by bunching it up in clusters which emphasise one shift or another.’